Preston North End will be looking to get back to winning ways on Friday night live in front of the Sky Sports cameras as Queens Park Rangers come to Deepdale.
Date: Friday 1st December, 8pm kick-off
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Home kit
Tickets for Friday’s match will remain on sale from the ticket office right up until kick-off, while supporters can also buy online.
The Gentry Bar, which is decorated ready for Christmas, will be open to home fans from 4pm. Full timings will be confirmed in the Matchday Information article, which will be published ahead of your arrival at the ground.
Fans can get to and from Deepdale by using the matchday shuttle bus service, which costs £6 for a return ticket purchased on board.
Leyland Tesco (Stop A – Car Park) – 6.20pm
The Railway Pub, Leyland – 6.30pm
Ye Olde Hob Inn, Bamber Bridge – 6.35pm
Beam and Brycg Pub, Bamber Bridge – 6.40pm
Arrive at Deepdale, Lowthorpe Road – 7pm
As part of the Whites Christmas Toy Appeal, in partnership with Rock FM Mission Christmas, fans can also support vulnerable local families by donating unused, unwrapped toys before the match at The Gentry Bar.
This fixture is dedicated to the introduction of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower at Deepdale. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get a lanyard by clicking here.
After making his return from injury and Preston North End debut on Tuesday night, Calvin Ramsay will be pushing for his first start on Friday evening.
PNE will also be boosted by the return of Ali McCann and Greg Cunningham, who manager Ryan Lowe says will “definitely be in the squad”, while Emil Riis is getting closer and is expected to be back over the Christmas period.
Liam Millar should also be fine for a return after missing the Middlesbrough game, and Milutin Osmajić – who went off injured at the Riverside – will be monitored and given the best possible chance.
Following a poor start to the season, former PNE man Gareth Ainsworth was let go in October and was replaced by head coach Martí Cifuentes.
The Spaniard – who has previously managed Norwegian club Sandefjord and Danish side AaB, among others – began his reign with two draws and a defeat on the road to Norwich City.
He claimed his first victory at the helm on Tuesday night and in style too, beating Stoke City 4-2 on home turf, and they’ll be hoping that can kickstart an upturn in form to take them out of the relegation zone.
A Recent Clash
Tom Cannon scored a brace for North End the last time these sides met, at Loftus Road in April.
Follow The Action
This fixture will be shown live on Sky Sports and therefore will be unavailable to watch on iFollow PNE in the majority of regions.
Live commentary will be available, though, with both match and monthly passes on sale.
You can also follow live coverage of the match across the club’s social media channels and here on the club website.
Referee: Josh Smith
Assistant Referees: Matthew Jones and Sam Lewis
Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue
Josh Smith, who has already taken charge of two PNE matches so far this season, will referee Friday night’s game.
He has shown 66 yellow cards and three reds in 17 games this campaign.